2014 Grand Finalists

The following singers have been selected to move on to the Grand Finals:

Julie Adams, Soprano, Western Region, 26

Patrick Guetti, Bass, Middle Atlantic Region, 26

Nicole Haslett, Soprano, Northwest Region, 25

Ao Li, Bass-Baritone, Rocky Mountain Region, 26

Yi Li, Tenor, Middle Atlantic Region, 29

Christopher Lowrey, Countertenor, New England Region, 29

Rafael Moras, Tenor, Gulf Coast Region, 26

Rexford Tester, Tenor, Middle Atlantic Region, 24

Amanda Woodbury, Soprano, Western Region, 25

We also want to congratulate the eleven other Semi-Finalists.  They all did an outstanding job and they will each receive $1500 prize money to advance their careers:

Diego Silva, Tenor, Great Lakes, 25

Jennifer Cherest, Soprano, Southeast, 29

Scott Russell, Bass, Eastern, 29

Natalie Cummings, Soprano, Gulf Coast, 26

Viktor Antipenko, Tenor, Eastern, 29

Sarah Tucker, Soprano, Rocky Mountain, 26

Alex DeSocio, Baritone, Midwest, 26

John Kapusta, Tenor, Eastern, 27

Lida Szkwarek, Soprano, Upper Midwest, 30

Dane Suarez, Tenor, Mid-South, 27

Sofia Selowsky, Mezzo-Soprano, Central, 23 

The twenty Semi-Finalists from all over the country were judged by:

Marco Armiliato - Metropolitan Opera Conductor

Sarah Billinghurst - Metropolitan Opera Artistic Assistant Manager

Jonathan Friend - Metropolitan Opera Artistic Administrator

Gayletha Nichols - Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Director

Lenore Rosenberg - Metropolitan Opera Associate Artistic Administrator

Nicholas Russell - Boston Lyric Opera Director of Artistic Operations

Brian Zeger - Metropolitan Opera Executive Director Lindemann Young Artist Development Program  

And they were accompanied on the piano by:

Thomas Bagwell

Kevin Murphy